US coronavirus deaths surpass Vietnam War toll as Florida readies reopening plan

first_imgTopics : The US coronavirus death toll climbed above 58,000 on Tuesday, surpassing the loss of American life from the Vietnam War, as Florida’s governor met with President Donald Trump to discuss an easing of economic restraints.Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, among the latest to lock down his state against the pandemic, has been weighing whether to join other states in a relaxation of workplace restrictions and stay-at-home orders that have been credited with slowing the contagion but which have battered the economy.DeSantis’ meeting at the White House came as Florida reported its highest single-day death toll from the coronavirus, and two days before Florida’s stay-at-home order was due to expire. Speaking to reporters with Trump in the Oval Office, DeSantis said he would announce a plan on Wednesday for a “phase one” loosening of restrictions on economic activity.Declining to give details, DeSantis called the plan a “small step,” adding, “we’re going to approach it in a very measured, thoughtful and data-driven way.”Despite a high proportion of elderly residents, who are especially vulnerable to the virus, and having waited until early April to lock down its economy, Florida has averted the worst of the health crisis seen in other states such as New York and New Jersey.Still, Florida would become the most populous of about a dozen states forging ahead with economic reopenings despite a lack of wide-scale virus testing and the means to trace close contacts of newly infected individuals, as recommended in White House guidelines on April 16.center_img Depression-like shock foreseen Public health experts have warned that a premature rollback of social-distancing policies could trigger a resurgence of infections just when those restrictions are showing signs of bringing the outbreak under control.While DeSantis’ state has so far been spared the worst of the pandemic, Florida reported a record 83 new deaths and more than 700 new infections from the previous 24 hours on Tuesday. The state has so far tallied 32,846 cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, including 1,171 deaths.DeSantis has drawn sharp criticism of his handling of the health crisis from Democrats in Florida, a key electoral swing state in Trump’s Nov. 3 re-election bid.”Apparently Trump and DeSantis find it appropriate to slap each other on the back while Floridians struggle to stay safe during this pandemic and navigate a broken unemployment system,” Florida Democratic Party Chair Terrie Rizzo said.Economic fallout from the unprecedented clamp-down on social interactions and business has been devastating.The number of Americans seeking jobless benefits over the past five weeks has soared to 26.5 million – nearly one in six US workers – and the Trump administration has forecast an April unemployment rate exceeding 16%.One senior White House economic adviser, Kevin Hassett, said the nation faces the “the biggest shock since the Great Depression” but also predicted a strong rebound in the fourth quarter as the coronavirus fades.Confronting a different challenge posed by the pandemic, Trump on Tuesday invoked national defense powers to order meat-processing plants to stay open to ensure a steady food supply, drawing a backlash from union leaders who said at-risk workers need greater protection.Outbreaks among employees of several leading US meatpacking companies – deemed essential businesses during the crisis – have halted operations at about 20 slaughterhouses and processing plants where tight working conditions make it difficult to practice social distancing.Deadlier than war The larger human toll has likewise been staggering. As of Tuesday, 58,605 have died of COVID-19 in the United States, according to a Reuters tally, eclipsing in a few months the total number of Americans killed during 16 years of US military involvement in Vietnam.The number of known US coronavirus infections has doubled over the past 18 days to more than 1 million. The actual count is believed to be higher, with state public health officials cautioning that shortages of trained workers and materials have limited testing capacity, leaving many infections unrecorded.As further evidence that caution may still be in order, an influential University of Washington research model often cited by White House officials and public health officials revised its projected US coronavirus death toll upwards on Tuesday to more than 74,000 by Aug. 4, against its previous forecast of 67,000.The model showed that while most states appeared to have reached the crest of the pandemic, seven others including Mississippi, Texas, Utah and Hawaii, may be just peaking now or in the coming weeks.About 30% of American cases have occurred in New York state, the epicenter of the US outbreak, followed by New Jersey, Massachusetts, Illinois, California, Pennsylvania and Michigan.In California, Governor Gavin Newsom said curbside retail, manufacturing and other “lower-risk workplaces” should reopen within weeks as testing and contact-tracing improve.He also said California’s public education system could welcome students back as early as July to make up for a “learning loss” during school closures and to allow parents in the broader workforce to return to work.The virus was first reported late last year in China. 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Australia virus cases drop after lengthy Melbourne lockdown

first_imgAustralia reported fewer than 100 new coronavirus cases Monday, the lowest number in two months as authorities appeared to bring an outbreak in the country’s second-largest city under control.Victoria state, which has been battling a second wave of infections in Melbourne, recorded just 73 cases after peaking above 700 in late July, providing hope for a way out of a strict city-wide lockdown.Melbourne residents are currently enduring a raft of restrictions including an overnight curfew, while all non-essential businesses remain closed until at least September 13. Topics : Under growing pressure to ease restrictions, Premier Daniel Andrews said he would release a “roadmap” next Sunday for reopening but warned any changes would be gradual.”We know and understand that if we were to open up with numbers anything like what we have had, even with a really positive trend, then those numbers will explode,” he told reporters in Melbourne.”You will lose control of this again.”A further 41 fatalities were added to the state’s death toll, mostly in aged care facilities that have been devastated by the outbreak.center_img Protective equipment in high-risk workplaces, mandatory masks in public and physical distancing will be key to any reopening strategy, according to a government statement.Even when restrictions are eased, Victoria is likely to remain sealed off from the rest of the country, where most regions are recording few or no new daily cases.Flare-ups are persisting in neighboring New South Wales state, which recorded 10 new cases Monday as community transmission in Sydney continues to trouble health officials.Meanwhile, an outbreak at a youth detention center in Brisbane has led the Queensland state government to put prisons into lockdown and cancel a huge annual school-leavers celebration on the nearby Gold Coast.Australia has recorded almost 26,000 cases in total and 652 deaths from the virus to date. The vast majority were detected in Victoria in recent months, after the country’s initial success in containing the virus.last_img read more

Socceroo star Tim Cahill’s family scores Byron Bay hobby farm

first_imgThe living room in the Eureka property.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:37Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:37 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenSocceroos star sells Lower Plenty dream home00:38 The property the Cahills have bought has 15 head of cattle.The property was sold by Gary Brazenor of Unique Estates.It last sold for $650,000 in 2003. Socceroo star Tim Cahill celebrates scoring a goal at ANZ Stadium. Picture: Phil Hillyard.FOOTBALL star Tim Cahill’s family has bought a hobby farm in the Byron Bay hinterland.Records show the rural acreage property at 158 Goremans Road, Eureka, was sold to the Cahills for $1.7 million. The house at 158 Goremans Rd, EurekaThere is a large, three-bedroom, two-bathroom house homestead perched high on a hill, looking out to the hinterland, which boasts a wraparound deck, Sydney blue gum flooring and a gas fireplace.WHERE RENTING IS UNAFFORDABLE IN QLDTHESE ARE BRISBANE’S CHEAPEST HOMESNICE GUY FINISHES FIRST AT NATIONAL AWARDScenter_img The view of the Byron Bay hinterland from the farm Tim Cahill’s family has bought. Football star Tim Cahill’s family has bought this Byron Bay hinterland property.The 13ha property, known as Highgate, is 10 minutes from Bangalow and has five fully-fenced paddocks, a large dam with a bore and 15 head of cattle — plenty to satisfy the Socceroo legend’s agricultural interests.GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HEREMore from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus23 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market23 hours agolast_img read more

Sweden’s regulator worried by Trump deregulation plan

first_imgHe said that for Sweden, which has a large financial system relative to the economy, international agreements on banking, insurance, and securities were crucial.Thedéen was in Washington and New York last week to meet representatives of the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the Federal Reserve, and the International Monetary Fund.US draft legislation in the form of the Financial Choice Act was presented to the House of Representatives at the end of April by Republican congressman Jeb Hensarling.The proposal aimed to re-write the Dodd-Frank Law, a wide-ranging set of rules for the American banking system introduced following the last financial crisis. The proposal was also designed to free up access to capital markets for small businesses.However, it has attracted criticism for removing rules that protect consumers and shareholders.“The picture that emerges is that they want to circumscribe the American authorities with more restrictions,” Thedéen said. “This will reduce their room for manoeuvre in international negotiations.”Thedéen also expressed concern that the US would make big changes to how banks dealt with crises.“It is a lesson from the financial crisis that you must have orderly management of banks in crisis,” he said.Thedéen said there was a lot of uncertainty about what would materialise from the draft legislation, and about the key positions in the state apparatus.“My impression is that the US will reduce its commitment internationally, but the question is how much,” he concluded. US president Donald Trump’s plan to reduce financial sector regulation is worrying and could even pose risks for Sweden, according to the head of the country’s financial regulator.Erik Thedéen, director of the Swedish Financial Supervisory Authority, told Swedish business daily Dagens Industri: “It is surprising that someone is prepared to make such big changes barely 10 years after the very deep financial crisis.”It was crucial to have a global foundation network for financial regulation, he said.“Should the US as a dominant player choose a completely different line, in the long run, it could affect Sweden and stability,” Thedéen said.last_img read more

COVID-19 patient ‘critical’

first_imgRITM director Dr. Celia Carlos saidthe patient tested positive for the novel coronavirus on March 5. His 59-year-old wife was also infectedwith the virus, making her the sixth confirmed case of COVID-19 in the country. “He is in a guarded condition. He hassevere pneumonia, diabetes and hypertension,” Carlos said. “He is alsosuffering from acute kidney injuries.” The fifth patient regularly visited aMuslim prayer hall in San Juan. He experienced coughing on Feb. 25 and wasadmitted at Cardinal Santos Medical Center in San Juan City on March 1 withsevere pneumonia. Department of Health (DOH) secretaryFrancisco Duque III, meanwhile, said a “guarded condition” also meant“critical” and the chances of recovery is “slow.” COVID-19 seems to start with a fever, followedby a dry cough. The incubation period – between infection andshowing any symptoms – lasts up to 14 days, according to the World HealthOrganization. But some researchers say it may be as long as 24 days. AndChinese scientists say some people may be infectious even before their symptomsappear. MANILA – The fifth case of coronavirusdisease 2019 (COVID-19) in the Philippines — a 62-year-old man — is in criticalcondition, according to the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM). “Based on experience, the clinicalcondition on severe cases as reported in China, it takes a very long time forthem to recover, from three to six weeks when critical. If mild, it is abouttwo to three weeks,” Duque said. After a week, it leads to shortness ofbreath and some patients require hospital treatment./PN “On the other hand, his oxygenrequirement is less, and the need for drugs to elevate his blood pressure isalso less. So there are good developments as well as bad developments,”she added.last_img read more

Trump says he’s taking hydroxychloroquine against coronavirus

first_imgWASHINGTON – President Donald Trump said he is taking a malaria drug to protect against the coronavirus, despite warnings from his own government that it should only be administered for COVID-19 in a hospital or research setting due to potentially fatal side effects. Trump has spent weeks pushing hydroxychloroquine as a potential cure or prophylaxis for COVID-19 against the cautionary advice of many of his administration’s top medical professionals. The drug has the potential to cause significant side effects in some patients and has not been shown to combat the new coronavirus. (AFP) Trump told reporters Monday he has been taking the drug, hydroxychloroquine, and a zinc supplement daily “for about a week and a half now.”center_img President Donald Trump tells reporters that he is taking zinc and hydroxychloroquine during a meeting with restaurant industry executives about the coronavirus response, in the State Dining Room of the White House, Monday, May 18, 2020, in Washington, United States. AP PHOTO/EVAN VUCCIlast_img read more

West Indies sticking with Russell

first_img(CMC) – CAPTAIN Jason Holder said yesterday West Indies had no intention of ditching Andre Russell, even though the injury-plagued all-rounder yet again failed to complete a game at the World Cup here.Russell appeared in discomfort during his 16-ball 21 and two overs of seam during the England run chase, and eventually left the field as the hosts and tournament favourites cruised to a comfortable eight-wicket win at the Rose Bowl.“It’s been difficult so far for him. We have been trying our best to keep him on the park, but it is proving difficult,” Holder told reporters afterwards.“Going forward, we have to persist. He is here for a reason. We think he can be a match-winner for us. We have just got to cope with him. Got to do everything we possibly can with him to keep him on the park.”Russell suffers with a chronic knee problem and arrived at the World Cup with question marks over his fitness, especially after he was ruled out of the limited overs series against England in the Caribbean earlier this year.He shone in the Indian Premier League (IPL) prompting his inclusion for the World Cup but has so far taken just four wickets from 13 overs and scored 36 runs, from his three outings.Questioned on if Russell was worth the risk despite the impact his lack of fitness was having on his performances, Holder responded tersely: “Yes.”West Indies were once again let down by their batsmen as they tasted defeat for the second time in four outings.Sent in, they crumbled for an inadequate 212 in the 45th over, which England chased down with ease with nearly 17 overs remaining.Worryingly for West Indies, the much vaunted pace attack seemed muted as Joe Root dominated with exactly 100 not out, but Holder put the performance down to “just one of those days”.“It’s just one of those days. I felt the sun came out in the second half and the wicket flattened out,” he explained.“We just didn’t get new-ball wickets today and it is one out of four games that we have played and we haven’t got new-ball wickets so it is just one of those days.”last_img read more

Syracuse’s zone defense holds Pitt to under 40% shooting in 69-61 win

first_img Published on January 25, 2020 at 4:22 pm Contact Michael: | @MikeJMcCleary Facebook Twitter Google+ With just over a minute to go, Syracuse sat in its patented zone and waited for a different variation of the same thing it had seen all game long. In a methodical and slow way that only Saturday’s game could produce, SU’s lead had shrunk to just five points. Xavier Johnson jab-stepped. Not there. Ryan Murphy caught it at the top of the 3-point line. He raised the ball above his head. No shot. Murphy swung it to Trey McGowens, who teased a shooting motion. But that hadn’t worked all game. The same action, the one that further eliminated another chance for the Panthers to cut into the deficit, had happened several times earlier in the game. Pittsburgh threatened to shoot, and the Orange called their bluff.Elijah Hughes said after the game that the goal coming into the game was to prevent Murphy, the Panthers’ best shooter, from finding his range and hurting SU. But when it came to the other players on the floor, SU’s approach was to hope for just the opposite. In its 69-61 win, Syracuse (13-7, 6-3 Atlantic Coast) urged Pittsburgh (13-7, 4-5) players to beat them from the outside. Syracuse forced the typically interior-oriented Panthers to score more than half its points from outside the paint — a result that led to a 38.9% clip from the field and several shot clock violations. “Let them beat us from the outside,” Bourama Sidibe said. “Because we know they’re a good team. Sometimes, a lot of good teams don’t make a shot against the zone.”When Pittsburgh went inside initially, the Orange not only limited them but embarrassed them. Syracuse had five of its six total blocks in the first eight minutes of play, establishing a defensive presence at the rim and in the paint. Hughes (3 blocks) and Sidibe (2) in particular anchored the bottom of the zone, while Marek Dolezaj (1) also routinely altered shots at the rim.So, McGowens and Pitt’s slashing guards stretched out a little further. For the remainder of play, Syracuse bothered Pittsburgh’s guards by forcing them to take jump shots, bringing them out beyond their comfort zone. After the threat of blocks had been established, including two out by the free-throw line, Johnson stepped in toward the free-throw line for another pull-up jumper.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textJohnson’s low and slow release with a hitch rarely allowed him to create the necessary space. As he tried to beat the Orange from a range inside the 3-point line, all Sidibe needed to do was step up to bother it. Syracuse’s offense capitalized, and before Pittsburgh had a chance to find openings, Buddy Boeheim burst for 18 first-half points to establish a lead SU never lost. The Orange kept an eye on Murphy, the only player that the Orange thought could counter the 2-3, and forced the rest to make plays they rarely are asked to make.“(Johnson)’s not really a big-time shooter, but he can make shots,” Hughes said. “So we tried to really contain him, keep him out of the paint.”Perhaps the most dangerous part of the game was when SU lost sight of that. Johnson and McGowens still struggled, but the zone pushed forward and allowed offensive rebounds. To further add to a slow and steady game all along, Pittsburgh surged closer to SU with missed shots and follow 2-pointers. Pitt shrunk the lead to eight and then later to just three. But the success keeping Pitt’s guards out of the paint helped the Orange stay afloat. By the time Murphy had hit a late-game 3-pointer, the pace had already been set, and there was little time for the Orange to lose control.Late in the second half, with a chance to tie the game when that had previously seemed impossible, Johnson stepped back and air-balled a 3-pointer wide well to the left side of the rim. But the ball fell into the hands of a Pittsburgh player underneath, and the Panthers got another opportunity. When the game resorted to that play, when the Pitt offense went to its shooters, the put-backs and second chances were its best offense. But it wasn’t enough. And Johnson was reminded each time he touched the ball.“AIR-ball!” yelled the crowd, in unison.“AIR-ball!”“AIR-ball!” Commentslast_img read more

Chamberlain Squash Open: Top Seed, Broekman, Survives an Upset

first_imgTournament number two seed,  Mark Broekman, narrowly avoided crashing out of the ongoing 2017 Chamberlain Squash Open at the first hurdle yesterday, having to come from one game down to get past his opponent, Nigeria qualifier Abel Shadrack.The Briton who is ranked 169 on the Professional Squash Association world ranking edged his opponent 11-7, 11-6, 11-6, 11-7.Broekman had to dig deep before overcoming the youthful, Shedrack who booked his place in the main draw on Monday.Meanwhile, quarter-finalists in the on-going Chamberlain Squash Open have emerged. The last eight emerged after the final games in the main draws were decided yesterday at the Lagos Country Club in Ikeja.The men qualifiers are; Tom Ford, Abdulrahman Lanre, Femi Shedara, Adegoke Onaopemipo, Babatunde Ajagbe, Sodiq Taiwo , Gabriel Olufunmilayo and Mark Broekman.While, those who progressed in the women category include; Yemisi Olatunji, Okikiola Dunni, Kafayat Idris, Rofiat Abdulazeez, Udeme James, Veronica Sunday, Adebisi Adeleke and Longdi Dasbak.FULL RESULTSMenTom Ford beats Tittah Jamah 11-5, 11-5, 11-1; Lanre Abdulrahman beats Idowu Enimakure Lanre 11-7, 10-12, 12-10, 11-8. Femi Shedara beats Michael John 11-7, 11-3, 11-4; Adegoke Onaopemipo beats Bello Wasiu 6-11, 16-14, 11-8, 11-5.Babatunde Ajagbe beats Endurance Omosor beats 11-3, 11-6, 11-6; Sodiq Taiwo 11-6, 12-10, 9-11, 11-8.Gabriel Olufunmilayo beats Jonathan Peters 6-11, 10-12, 11-9, 11-7, 11-4; WomenYemisi Olatunji beats Busayo Olatunji 11-7, 9-11, 11-8, 16-14; Omolola beats Kafayat Idris 7-11, 11-9, 10-12, 11-6, and 11-9.Okikiola Dunni beats Kally Yashim 11-9, 11-6, 3-11, 11-10, 7-11; Rofiat Abdulazeez beats Ebifemi Taiwo 11-7, 11-5, 11-9.Udeme James beats Yemisi Owokole 9-11, 11-5, 11-5, 11-7; Veronica Sunday beats Joy Mgbemene.Adebisi Adeleke beats Rebecca Auta 12-10, 8-11, 11-5, 8-11, 11-6; Longdi Dasbak beats Yemisi Taiwo 12-10, 11-5, 11-3.                              Quarter-Final PairingMen                                                                  Women Yemisi Olatunji  vs Okikiola Dunni Tom Ford  vs Lanre Abdulrahman Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Femi Shedara  vs Adegoke Onaopemipo Babatunde Ajagbe   vs Sodiq Taiwo Gabriel Olufunmilayo  vs   Mark Broekman    Adebisi Adeleke                                vs   Longdi Dasbak Kafayat Idris  vs Rofiat Abdulazeez Udeme James  vs Veronica Sundaylast_img read more

Semifinalists Emerge at 2019 GTBank Masters Cup

first_imgAfter two days of entertaining football at the Campus mini stadium, Lagos Island, four schools have booked their places in the semifinal of the 2019 GTBank Masters Cup in both the male and female categories.In the first quarter final played on Tuesday, Lead-Forte Gate College, Lekki defeated Greenspings School, Lekki, 2-0 via penalty shootout after a goalless draw in duration time.The second quarter finals saw Ansar-Ud-Deen Girls High School mauled Ansar-UD-Deen College. Isolo 3-0. In the male version, CMS Grammar School, Bariga ran away with a lone goal against Federal Science and Technology, Yaba, while Anwar-Ul-Islam Model College, Agege walloped Igbobi College, Yaba, 5 – 0.Other semifinalist are Atlantic Hall Epe, Queens College, Yaba, which pummelled Anwar Ul Islam Girls High School, Ojokoro, 6 – 0.Kings College, Lagos also got the better of Jibril Martins Memorial Grammar School, Iponri 4 – 3, while Baptist Academy, Obanikoro bowed to the firepower of Whitesands School, Lekki, 0 – 2.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more